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ASUS Blue Cave AC2600 Dual-Band Wireless Router for Smart Homes, Featuring Intel Wi-Fi Technology and AiProtection Network Security Powered by Trend Micro

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  • Dual-band (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz) AC2600 wireless router features Intel Wi-Fi with the latest 802.11ac 4x4 technology
  • Amazon Alexa & Echo Integration allows you to control your home network using voice commands
  • Commercial-grade Network Security with AiProtection powered by Trend Micro
  • ASUS Router App makes setting up and managing your network as easy as 1-2-3
  • Advanced parental controls allow you to easily view, manage, and schedule your family's internet and app usage from any mobile device
  • Complimentary Antivirus Protection for mobile and PCs, each Blue Cave router includes 1-year free subscription to Trend Micro Mobile Security for 2 mobile devices and Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus+ for 2 PCs

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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Mattias101
5/ 5
Great Specs! 1/8/2020 9:00:00 PM

Overall Review: i really enjoyed this new speaker setup really chnaged how i game and listen to music its really cool andi think everyone should havce it

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Easy setup but fails over time 3/3/2019 11:08:09 AM

Pros: - Quick Setup
- Firewall using TrendMicro
- Looked Interesting with the design concept of extended range without the big antennas
- Owned for 5 months..

Cons: - Quick to having issues such as dropped WiFi connections, Network connection slow down (Started pulling in my full pipe @ 500mb/s and over time I am only getting 120mb/s which I just tested now)

- 5ghz starts to fail after about a month. When I connected devices it was fast and great, even was able to put an extender on as my Garage is set up 200ft behind the house and it worked great for a short time until the ASUS started showing SSID's but any device connected failed to stay connected or receive internet even when the WiFi signal says connected (no notice of Connected but no internet indication, etc)

- 2.4ghz worked the longest but started noticing drops and issues over time

- When using any Voice Software on this router to do VoIP, the entire network becomes slower than a snail sleeping. We tested it as I was on a VoIP call, the others that were watching Video's were buffering on a 500mb/s line and when we went to speedtest.net, the line said we had a 3mb/s connection.... - blinks - ... 3mb/s connection? Yeah... I laughed then screamed some curse words then plugged in my old (wont mention brand) router that gives us issues with connecting our TV but at least we get our 500mb/s and LAN devices connected oh and no slowness with VoIPing.

Overall Review: I tried returning the unit when I first started noticing the issues to see if I just received a failed unit, even order the extended 3 year warranty. When I first noticed these issues and put in a request, it said someone would get back to me. Since I am in the Tech industry, I don't have time to monitor but when I never received an email and checked my account the indication button said I could no longer return the item. - This is a no go for me, I am even a huge Newegg fan with a Personal & Business account so I am not sure who dropped this ball but I am not happy about it -


All in all, ASUS makes great Motherboards & their Graphics cards are well enough I never had an issue but this is the 2nd bad router I have had, 2 completely different models over the last 6 years. I wanted to give them a try again to see if things changed. I am sorry to say but they failed again.

Be mindful when buying, I would stick with a stronger brand if you want longevity and stability.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Brad,

Thank you for sharing your feedback on this model. We're sorry to hear about the issue you're having with this model. Please allow us to make your experience with ASUS a better one. We would recommend that you that you update the firmware on this modrel to latest version. You can do so by clicking on the following link: https://www.asus.com/us/Networking/Blue-Cave/HelpDesk_Download/
Also, we would recommend that you follow the steps in the FAQ below to fix the connection issues you're having. Here: https://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1030641/. If the issue persist, we would recommend that you have this device sent in for servicing. For further assistance please feel free to reach out to us by email: customerloyalty@asus.com. Please use a link to this review as reference. Have an extraordinary day.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Best Regards,
Joan
ASUS Customer Loyalty US Support
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Modern and Effective 1/20/2019 9:31:19 AM

Pros: For many years, I limped along relying on the Fios router as my WiFi access point. The AC2600 is a huge leap forward. It is beautifully packaged; no porcupines in the living room. It is effective; both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios work well. The web-based configuration utility built in works well, is logically organized and supports the initial and advanced setup smoothly. Upon initial connection (wired to my PC), the Asus immediately asked to do a firmware update; this worked perfectly. The WiFi does require that each radio (2.4 or5 GHz) be individually configured. You have the option of using the same or different WPA2 codes for the radios. The configuration can be saved to a file or your PC (or phone). I saved separate files with and without the Guest WiFi network enabled. I have a one-story house and the signal is strong throughout the first floor and basement. With 2.4 G, I have 4 full bars on my phone everyplace; max about 50 feet in a walk around. At 5 G using a Win 10 laptop with a new Asus miniature USB adapter, I maintained 867Mb/s on the first floor and dropped to about 390 Mb/s in the basement at the limit of my house (about 50 feet from the Asus AC2600.

This was money well spent. I most strongly recommend this product.

Cons: None that I can find so far.

Overall Review: I was given the option of automatic or manual configuration of the connections. If using a Fios modem/router like the Actiontec, I recommend choosing the Manual and setting the WAN to Static, not DHCP. Also, be sure to APPLY any settings and WPA2 codes separately. If you enter the 2.4 GHz wifi values, switch tabs to set 5 GHz and then apply, only the last set of values is loaded to the AC2600. Waiting for each screen or tab to apply to the AC2600 is the only slight annoyance, and not enough to deduct an egg.

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Anonymous
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Works good!!! 1/10/2019 5:06:53 PM

Pros: Easy to set-up.

Cons: 6 months, no problem.

Overall Review: Will recommend it to my frends

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Anonymous
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
ASUS BLUE CAVE is my home internet solution, and why it should be yours too? 12/3/2018 3:55:41 PM

Pros: +Connection is stable, consistent data processing and movement in the network
+Takes up HALF the space of most normal routers and no more falling antennas!!
+Great Aesthetics and friendly ASUS UI
+Easy setup for the beginner, with advanced settings for pros
+Cool and adjustable LED lighting
+Ai-Mesh enabled, finally!

Cons: -Power dongle is a 90 Deg angle on router connection and could turn off the power if you move the router
-price is a bit high but you get what you paid for

Overall Review: ASUS GREAT job on this router, it looks great and works even better and it is at the right price! We need more of these types of routers! I hate all the routers with more than 3 antennas and really the ONLY advantage to antennas is to be able to move them around for a bit more precise control of directing the signal, there is very little to GAIN by having them sticking out.

This router is perfect for the normal sized home, and once AI Mesh is incorporated into it then it will be the perfect base station for the extenders. For the price, it is really a great deal, most other routers are more expensive and have terrible user interface, plus many other brands of routers will disable your network with a loss of internet! ASUS keeps on cruising!

will share more experience along the way :-)

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Good features and performance, spoiled by defective firmware and broken promises from ASUS 9/24/2018 1:29:04 PM

Pros: (1) Good wireless coverage in our setting, reached 30 feet through 2 walls
(2) Good traffic monitoring and security features
(3) The company answers phone calls and says they will take action on problems
(4) The company sends friendly emails (“Welcome to be ASUS Account!” [sic])

Cons: (1) Front of router gets very hot along bottom edge. Had to prop it up on blocks and tilt it back to get more air underneath router for circulation. (High temperatures generally don’t coincide with a long-lasting consumer electronic product.)
(2) Firmware programming defects hinder use of features.
(3) Network Map incorrectly shows wireless devices other than computers as being on Ethernet connection.
(4) Traffic Analyzer did not work when first turned on, requiring an agreement with Trend Micro, but the button for that did not work or give an error message. The same agreement was required in another screen and its button worked, then the Traffic Analyzer worked. Clearly a firmware defect!
(5) “Administration – Feedback” page does not work – 3 dropdown boxes and “Send” button broken.
(6) Help & Support “Manual” and “Utility” buttons at bottom of router webpages do not work.
(7) QoS - Web History “Refresh” button does not work right – blanked screen until Web History screen was closed and then reopened.
(8) Web History shows access time in random order, with no apparent way to sort.
(9) Number of network clients on “View List” fluctuates, sometimes showing clients not currently connected and sometimes briefly dropping out connected clients. Resets occasionally to remove clients not connected.

Overall Review: This ASUS Blue Cave router was ordered from Newegg 7/19/18 (Order # 433959171) and placed in service July 29, 2018. It was needed to replace a Netgear WNDR3700 whose radio section had failed. I also needed better monitoring of bandwidth usage, which some ASUS routers seemed to offer. I picked this one because it had an Intel chipset, hoping for better reliability than the chipsets in other ASUS routers. The styling was of no interest to me.
The physical performance met our needs, but the firmware was and still is very buggy as described above. After a long string of communication with multiple ASUS people and case numbers starting on August 6, 2018, firmware fixes promised for some of the above problems are still not out as of Sept 24, 2018. Specifically, ASUS emails gave commitments including "Please allow us 24-72 hours to complete this. I will definitely provide you an update within the time frame." (Jhed C. Sat, Aug 11, 1:29 AM) (Never heard back) and "...your case is now being reviewed by our product engineers. We appreciate your patience and expect updates within 24-48 hours starting from the day this case is forwarded to our engineers." (Alexis G., Mon, Aug 13, 11:12 AM and 11:15 AM). Follow-up to this was from Tehjmar H. on August 16, 8:19 AM: "Traffic Monitor FAQ has been updated and will be working again after a day or so. . . . The URL Sorting is by design, not using time and there's no plan adding this option at this time. ... [Traffic Analyzer] problem has been verified and will be addressed with the next firmware." So far none of the promised fixes have shown up, as the firmware check on Sept 24, 2018 showed the same firmware as received on July 29th (Version 3.0.0.4.384_32546).
For reference, the case numbers generated by ASUS were: N1807114565 (phone call); N180834942; N180835663; N180841615; N180846842; N180849967; N180854951; N180872197; N180872903. The ASUS personnel responding to the phone calls were Sean, Mark and Jerome. The ASUS personnel responding to the emails were: Jahvon L., John S, Alexis G., Jhed C., Tehjmar H., and Mario M.
Conclusion: ASUS people are very polite and responsive to emails and phone calls though their English is limited, but no problems we discussed got fixed.
If ASUS responds to this review, I will simply point them back to the promises they made in the above case numbers. Meanwhile I recommend anyone considering the Blue Cave router wait until ASUS fixes the overheating issue and the firmware bugs.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Ron,

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us and I am sorry to hear about all the issues you've mentioned that you are having with the router. I can definitely understand how inconvenient it must be having to live with the options and features being buggy as you mentioned. With our team already made aware of those issues, we can only wait until they've completed their list of improvements and fixes to provide an update. What I can do is to request an update or timeline on when the update should be ready if possible. I would also like to help you have the router sent in to our Service center so that we can look into the heat issue you mentioned. For further assistance you can email us at customerloyalty@asus.com and use the link to this review as a reference. I do look forward to working with you and please have a great day.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Best regards,
Abigail.
ASUS Customer Loyalty.
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